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eldritch

[ el-drich ]
/ ˈɛl drɪtʃ /
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adjective

eerie; weird; spooky.

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Also el·drich; el·ritch [el-rich] /ˈɛl rɪtʃ/ .

Origin of eldritch

1500–10; earlier elrich, equivalent to Old English el- foreign, strange, uncanny (see else) + rīce kingdom (see rich); hence “of a strange country, pertaining to the Otherworld”; compare Old English ellende in a foreign land, exiled (cognate with German Elend penury, distress)
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eldritch

eldrich

/ (ˈɛldrɪtʃ) /

adjective

poetic, Scot unearthly; weird

Word Origin for eldritch

C16: perhaps from Old English ælf elf + rīce realm; see rich
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